/ 09 July 2021

Details on the latest royal commission

It was April when PM Morrison said a Royal Commission into the high rates of suicide among veterans and serving military personnel after a long-running campaign from the defence community, affected families, and pressure from MPs and senators. And yesterday, he confirmed it will be led by NSW’s former Deputy Police Commissioner Nick Kaldas. The inquiry’s terms of reference were also outlined, and it’s a lot – 9 pages worth… Long story short, it will be a “systemic analysis” across serving and former personnel’s engagement with our defence forces and what happens when they leave. The Departments of Veterans’ Affairs and Defence will also get a look over as to how they treat their people. The Commission will provide a final report in June 2023. More than 400 suicide deaths have been reported among serving, reserve and ex-serving personnel since 2001, and reports say numbers have soared in recent times.

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